I was able to navigate through the mud and muck to install a wood duck house overlooking one of the many ponds on Arington Tree Farm. Ideally these houses would have been installed a few weeks ago but getting into the field has been a challenge with the wet conditions.
|Wood duck house on Arington Tree Farm|
In the middle of the drought of 2012 the pond shown above was bone dry. However, after the heavy winter snow and the wet spring rains, this is a much different landscape than seven or eight months ago.
We've seen a good number of wood ducks around the farm and are excited to offer them a place to nest.
Wood ducks prefer to nest in tree cavities; as a result, only about 20% of the eggs successfully hatch before raccoons and other predators get to them.
We got our wood duck houses from Ron Martin of Midwest Prairies. He offers a competitive price for a solid, well-built box.
I will be putting nine more wood duck house up throughout the farm. Check back in as I will post pictures of any "renters" we have!